CLEMSON — The Clemson University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will conduct a Leadership Field Exercise with ROTC units from Furman University Friday-Sunday at Fant’s Grove training area in the Clemson Experimental Forest.

ROTC cadets from four Upstate colleges work together to walk on two boards without touching the grass in a team-building challenge at last year's training exercise.

ROTC cadets from four Upstate colleges work together to walk on two boards without touching the grass in a team-building challenge at last year’s training exercise. Image Credit: Ken Scar / Clemson University

Cadets from the two schools will mix in teams and test their leadership and critical thinking skills with a variety of physically and mentally challenging tasks. The exercise immerses the future Army leaders in the serious business of soldiering, but the events are often light-hearted and fun.

Friday’s challenges involve several leader-reaction courses during which cadets use teamwork and decision-making skills to complete each task. That evening, each platoon will conduct night land navigation challenges. The exercise may require them to conduct first aid, carry cadets or build litters to carry casualties.

On Saturday, each platoon will conduct raids and an ambush of a simulated village using weapons loaded with blank ammunition. Sunday, all cadets will hike the six miles back to campus carrying all their equipment.

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Clemson Army ROTC
Clemson’s Army ROTC program offers two-year and four-year programs. Its mission is to recruit, retain, develop and commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and motivate young people to be better citizens through support of local JROTC programs. It also participates in the Clemson vision to fulfill the covenant between its founder and the people of South Carolina to establish a “high seminary of learning” through its historical land-grant responsibilities of teaching, research and extended public service.